iPhone tips to save time

iPhone tips to save time

NEW YORK – Although Apple’s iPhone costs more than most other smartphones, it still ranks first in the United States, with more than 50% of the country’s total installed user base, according to newly published data from Counterpoint Research, Via Financial Times. What’s more, Counterpoint analysts said this is Apple’s highest-ever share of active smartphone users since the original iPhone in 2007.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Apple also has the highest brand loyalty of any major smartphone maker, with 9 out of 10 iPhone users in the US saying they plan to buy an iPhone as their next device, 9to5Mac reported last year.

Even if you’re one of the many happy iPhone owners, you’re probably not using your beloved device to the fullest. To help you save time — and in some cases, money — here are 10 little-known “must-use” tips and tricks, shortcuts, and tricks.

Edit and cancel messages

One of the best additions to iOS 16 allows you to edit or undo a message you just sent completely. We’ve all had an “ah-oh” moment. To try this, open Messages and type your message as you normally would. Click to send. Now tap and hold on this sent message and you will see options like Edit and Undo Send in the popup. Click on whichever you want to use at that time.

There’s a catch: the person you’re sending it to must also be running iOS 16 or else they’ll still see the message.

Enable the touch keyboard

Apple added “haptic feedback” to its keyboard, as part of the iOS 16 update. This is the slight vibration you feel under your fingertips when you type a message, type an email, or output something in the Notes app. It feels great and emphasizes pressing every virtual key.

To enable it, go to Settings > Sound & Haptics > Keyboard Notes. Now toggle the Haptic option on.

iPhone Secret Button

Of course, you’re familiar with the iPhone buttons on the sides of the device – or the circular Home button on older models – but there is one more. The logo is on the back – but you won’t see it with the naked eye.

This feature, called Back Tap, allows you to instantly turn on almost anything on your phone, such as turn on the headlight (say when walking to your car in a dark parking lot), turn on the camera, take a screenshot, mute the iPhone, or launch any app ( Like a shortcut to open TikTok).

To enable Back Tap and to determine what action is being performed, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap. Here you can choose what double tap and triple tap do!

Shake to delete

Typing on your iPhone and want to undo what you just typed? Just shook the darn thing.

Yes, with it enabled by default, you can quickly fix errors by shaking your iPhone side to side — and you’ll see a prompt to confirm that you want to undo your action. It’s faster and easier than pressing and holding the backspace key until all the text is deleted.

If you don’t like this “Shake to Undo” feature, you can turn it off by going to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Shake to Undo.

Screenshot of an entire web page

You probably know that you can take a screen capture of something on your iPhone by pressing the Power button on the side along with the Volume Up button. You’ll hear the familiar “camera shutter” sound effect, you’ll see a white flash on the screen, and the image thumbnail will float to the bottom left.

But what if you want to capture a long article or a detailed recipe, and not all of them can fit on your iPhone screen?

To save an entire page in Safari, simply open the web link and take a screenshot (according to the instructions above), and at the top of the screen you’ll see an option to save screen or save full page. Select the Full Page option, followed by Done, then Save PDF to Files.

Later, open the files to read them.

Siri Pronunciation Correction

Apple’s voice-controlled personal assistant can be great at giving you information — like weather, directions, and sports scores — but sometimes Siri doesn’t say things right. This is especially true for some names and places, possibly of origins in other languages, that may be difficult for Siri to pronounce.

If Siri says something wrong, like saying your friend’s name Mica as “me-kah” instead of “mike-ah,” just say “That’s not how you pronounce (Mica)” and then say the wrongly pronounced word.

Convert any book into an audiobook

Now this is useful. A feature called Speak Screen can read aloud any text on the screen at your command. While it was primarily designed for the visually impaired, anyone can take advantage of this feature if they want to convert an e-book into an audiobook. Now you can listen while you’re in the car, closing your eyes on a plane, or when walking down the street.

To activate it, go to Settings > Accessibility > Spoken Content > Speak Screen.

Then, in whatever app you have open, swipe down with two fingers from the top of the iPhone screen to hear the contents of the screen read to you, such as an e-book, email, article, or notes.

You can modify the voice, including gender, language, speaking speed, and more.

Create custom vibrations and tones

How cool is knowing who’s calling, just the way your iPhone rings in your pocket? Could you.

In the Contacts app, select the person of your choice and tap Edit. Select Ringtone and you will see the option to vibrate. Tap that and you’ll see several options – like Heartbeat, Rapid, and Staccato – including a new vibration generator to customize your post.

This way, you can get a different ring for your partner, kids or friends, and see who is calling you without having to look at your phone.

Similarly, you can create custom ringtones for different people.

Use the hidden trackpad

Let’s say you’re creating a message, email, or note, and you need to change something you typed before sending or saving.

With your iPhone, simply press and hold on the keyboard and the cursor will automatically become a mouse-like trackpad. Now keep your finger or thumb on the screen and drag around the cursor to access the part of the text you want to modify, then let go.

Or, to highlight text, just tap a little more firmly and keep moving your finger. Then let go of the keyboard to go back.

calculator shortcut

If you are using the calculator but make a mistake by entering the wrong number, you don’t need to clear the screen and start over.

Instead, simply swipe your finger to the left or right of the numbers to scan the last number. You can continue to do this to remove the last digit.

On a related note, simply rotate your iPhone sideways when in the Calculator app to access the built-in scientific calculator.

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